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2021 NRAEF Impact Report

Join us as we celebrate the people behind the restaurant industry’s big comeback. Their powerful stories of perseverance, community engagement and inclusion inspire us all to do our part.


Journeys that Inspire continues with our Community Service series of uplifting stories, brought to you by American Express. It features members of the restaurant industry who demonstrated exceptional resilience and adaptability during the pandemic, and then extended that strength by supporting their local communities.

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Lebanese Taverna
Washington, DC Metro Area
The Abi-Najm started Lebanese Taverna after escaping Lebanon's Civil War. The family remains very active in the local community, having recently prepared 1,000 meals for Afghan refugees arriving to the city after a harrowing journey and raising $150,000 for the Lebanese Red Cross and World Central Kitchen, immediately following an explosion in Beirut in 2020. 



Elephants Delicatessen
Portland, Oregon

 This Certified B Corporation “uses the power of business to solve social and economic problems,” adopting a low-income apartment building and stocking its food pantry. Aiming to “help people help people,” Elephants introduced the “Good Neighbor Menu,” featuring well-priced meals that can be purchased, donated and delivered to shelters, healthcare workers and first responders.




Seattle, Washington

Third-generation owners Mark and Brian Canlis personify reinvention and resilience. When they were forced to temporarily close their fine-dining restaurant, they transformed their business into a drive-in movie theater, roadside BBQ and a crab shack. They launched Canlis Community College, live streaming classes on food & wine, raising $60,000 for local hunger relief and job training.




Journeys that Inspire - Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion starts the series of uplifting stories, brought to you by PepsiCo. It features members of the restaurant industry who have championed diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), and in many cases achieved the American Dream as immigrants to this country.

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The ProStart® Virtual Lounge is Live!

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The ProStart Virtual Lounge, powered by Coca-Cola, is a new interactive networking site for the national ProStart community, including current and former students, educators, state coordinators, and mentors from the restaurant and foodservice industry.

The Virtual Lounge is a great place to chat with other students from across the country, track progress on individual goals, and check out exclusive culinary demos, tutorials, and enter contests that are only open to members of the ProStart community.

The Student Lounge is also a great place to meet students before competing together in local, state, and National ProStart Invitational competitions.



Delaware and Texas Students Win Top Honors at 2022 National ProStart Invitational 

Culinary and restaurant management competition was first in-person event in three years and featured $200,000 in scholarship funds for winning teams. ProStart Educators of Excellence also announced at the NPSI 2022 Awards Gala on May 8 at the Washington Hilton, D.C.

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NRAEF partners with “GRACE” to Celebrate Cultural Diversity & Traditions of Black-Owned Restaurants

The foundation announced its support for the new musical GRACE, which began its world premiere engagement at the historic Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., and runs through May 14, 2022.

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The Coca-Cola Company Turns Restaurant Workers Into Leaders

The Coca-Cola Company has contributed $250,000 to support efforts to share the NRAEF’s Restaurant & Hospitality Leadership Center (RHLC) with National Restaurant Association members and the industry at large.

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